Are we teaching the right things and using the appropriate gear for the average person in terms of how they will bring the gun they carry for defense to bear successfully upon a deadly force threat they face?
Most people have a hard enough time lining up all-black, square-shouldered front and rear sights when they are given enough time to do so, let alone successfully orient three balls (dots) in space when they are hurried at the range or being threatened in real life.
In the time available, we will look at traditional techniques, forgotten concepts, overlooked options and the things we use today that might either be overrated or outright wrong for many people and most situations. Red ramps, black blades, single beads, multiple dots, bars, crosses, X’s and red dot optics will all be examined, as will lasers and fiber-optic front and rear sights when considered along with the issues of ambient and area lighting and the times of day they might be employed. We will also discuss the concepts of front sight focus, how we view movement and threats in our daily lives, and how so little of this takes the average person into consideration.
About Tom Marx
Tom Marx was a patrolman and a field training officer with the Chicago Police Department when he was asked to become a firearms instructor for the then law enforcement and military-only Smith & Wesson Academy. It was there he first created several programs dealing with the carrying of guns concealed and the teaching methods needed to best convey those concepts.